Category Archives: People

Viscount + Viscountess Mersey + Bignor Park Sussex

Downy Grass with Tufts of Alpine Flowers | Catch the Slow Train to Dawn Bignor Park is quite simply the most romantic place in the South Downs. Not just the dream of a house, all shell pink walls and shuttered … Continue reading

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Cavanacor House + Cavanacor Gallery Donegal

Weathering Well An anaemic sun blurred against a bleached sky casts no shadows over the house or garden. Close the cast iron gates and the 10 acre estate folds in on itself. Set back from the coast, it’s a rural … Continue reading

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Lady Colin Campbell + Castle Goring Sussex

You Might As Well Live “Yawnsville, dahling, yawnsville!” Known – among many things – for her catchphrases, Lady Colin Campbell is never ever dull. And she doesn’t tolerate dullness in others. Certainly not in her castle in Sussex, at any … Continue reading

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Trevor Newton + Dartmouth House Mayfair

The First September The new year really starts each autumn. As the first golden leaves fall, where is it possible to see The Wallace Collection, Sir John Soane’s Museum and a swathe of Parisian hôtels particuliers in one room? In … Continue reading

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Tate Britain + Rex Whistler Restaurant Jazz Lunch

The Riding on the Wall Tate Britain is the quieter relative of the extended family. Tate Modern has Herzog + de Meuron’s sexy ziggurat with its brilliant incidental installation (Watch Rich People In Their Apartments). Tate Britain has James Stirling’s … Continue reading

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The Hidden Ireland + Clonalis Roscommon

The Portrait of a Lady and Gentleman and Artists as Young Men Dia dhaoibh ar maidin. There really aren’t many left. A study of the 39 (what an odd number, why not 40?) country houses featured in the book Irish … Continue reading

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The Earls of Rosse + Birr Castle Parsonstown

Offaly Grand | King’s County It’s funny how many Irish terraced houses are painted jolly colours (their quoins often highlighted in even brighter hues) while country houses are usually grey. Even though Birr Castle is cheek by jowl with William … Continue reading

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Angela Jupe + Bellefield House Gardens Birr

Lavender’s Blue in Conversation with Ireland’s Leading Architect + Garden Designer “I’ve been at Bellefield House 12 years now. Everything was derelict except the house. When I arrived, you could only get 10 feet through the walled garden. Only the … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Ashford Castle Mayo

King Cong | More Mayo Please | Glory Days Aunt Margaret’s maxim was, “Never stay anywhere not as grand as your own home.” And she’d an Asprey account and Trüggelmann dressing room. Lavender’s Blue’s take is, “Life’s too short to … Continue reading

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Danson House + Danson Stables + Danson Park

Danson Abbey This Palladian style villa may have originated as a bolthole from London but there’s nothing provincial about it. While suburbia has crept round Danson Park over the last two and a half centuries, miraculously the house, stables and … Continue reading

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